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The Thing Around Your Neck (2009)

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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    2810michael: På dansk: En halv gul sol
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    Your Madness Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon (Research in International Studies Africa Series) by Makuchi (charl08)
    charl08: Both books are short story collections that include links between the west and West Africa, with strong characterisation and a sense of humour.
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    Revolution by Jakob Ejersbo (2810michael)
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    Little Bee by Chris Cleave (2810michael)
    2810michael: På dansk: Den anden hånd
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    Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2810michael)
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All of these 12 short stories center on Nigerian individuals, either in Nigeria or as immigrants in the United States. Some would have rated four stars, others three, so I settled on a three star rating overall. Several of the stories illustrate the conflict between modern culture and tradition, particularly in the immigrant stories.
One interesting note - the author's use of point of view in her narratives. One story appears to be in first person, but the pronoun is not "I," but "you." The story begins: "It was the last summer you spent in Nigeria, the summer before your parents' divorce, before your mother swore you would never again set foot in Nigeria..." The style gives a very different quality to the story. It is almost as if the author wants the reader to experience exactly what the character is thinking and feeling. Interesting...... ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
I (seem to) recollect that others have commented that there's a sense of 'incompletion' to some of these short stories about the experience of being a women in Nigerian culture (in Nigeria and the USA). But to my mind that is the essence of a short story, it is neither the start or the end of a 'tale', but simply a window into the world the author has created (or reflected) that can only hint at what went before or came after. Nothing in life is complete, and the short story form truly reflects that. All that said, these are engaging (and sometimes disturbing) stories that take the reader somewhere unexpected and confirmed my intuition that West African literature has a lot to tell us about somewhere unfamiliar, and about some very familiar themes about being human. ( )
  nandadevi | Jul 22, 2015 |
This is an interesting collection of short stories. They all have a link to Nigeria, but they are not all set there; some are, others are US based. It deals with the relationships between people, families, the things we say and the secrets we keep. They have African names and the accent is unfamiliar, but the stories could be set anywhere based on the people encountered.
The stories have either a female narrator or a female as the prime mover in the story, and that seems to reflect well in the way that it is the women who hold he place together, the women who queue and worry and sit at the heart of the family (or not, as the case may be).
There is a real mixture in here of distant past, immediate past and preset. A mixture of real deep country and US immigrant. And they are not even all in the same style. Its a really varied and good selection from an author with something to say about all of us.
I listened to this and the narrator made the stories come very much to life, accenting the different characters differently, bit not, to my ear, straying into caricature. ( )
  Helenliz | Jul 8, 2014 |
Great stories, giving a feel for the culture gap between educated Nigerians and the U.S. All with female central character, gives insight there too. The writing is fluent and vivid with much sensuous texture. Enhanced further by the reading brilliantly 'read' by Adjoa Andoh, including a dozen different Nigerian regional accents, 3 pain-in-the-ass American kids and an Irish priest. ( )
  vguy | Nov 28, 2013 |
Adichie's short prose is quick and colorful despite its often heavy subject matter. Her unexpected second-person narration wavers between effectively engaging and a little too gimmicky -- I never made it all the way into being the "You" telling the story. Nevertheless, the collection of stories effortlessly bridges the divide between the majority American experience, and the liminal, precarious existence of African immigrants in this country -- especially those people who don't fall neatly into an economic/class bracket. ( )
  50MinuteMermaid | Nov 14, 2013 |
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In a few stories in this collection Ms. Adichie resorts to easy stereotypes of Westerners . . . For the most part, however, she avoids such easy formulations. In fact the most powerful stories in this volume depict immensely complicated, conflicted characters.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore Sun), with “prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes” (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her “the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe.” Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts—graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters’ hearts—on display. Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

In “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she’s been pushing away. In “Tomorrow is Too Far,” a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother’s death. The young mother at the center of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.

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Collects twelve short stories by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in which she examines bonds between men and women, parents and children, and Africa and the United States.

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